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Am I a Failure if I Go Back to Treatment as an Alumni?

When you completed your time in addiction recovery treatment, the last thing on your mind was re-entering treatment later. However, many people are confronted with this potential situation. Reentering treatment is a tough decision for most people. You may be embarrassed about your past decisions. Plus, going back to treatment may cause you to feel like you have failed. This thought process simply could not be further from the truth, however. You fail not when you relapse, but when you continue to live with addiction and don’t address it.

At The Guest House, we are aware that recovery is not linear. Therefore, there is no one-size-fits-all form of treatment. In this blog, we will dive into the stigma around being an alumni member of a treatment program. We will also discuss individual treatment plans and explore how we can assist you in every part of your recovery.

Going Back to Treatment as an Alumni

There is nothing wrong with exploring treatment options, regardless of your past. Understanding the process of recovery can help you to formulate a positive approach to going back to treatment as an alumnus. The only problem is the idea in your head that you have failed.

One of the key lessons in recovery is that it is a lifelong journey. Personal growth, awareness, healing, and mindfulness can keep the triggers at bay. However, temptations may continue to be a feature in your life. This is why it is important to take your recovery one day at a time and try not to rush your growth.

Going back to treatment does not mean you have failed. It means the exact opposite. Valuing your strengths and needs in your life can create an exceptional force for good. You are actually courageous when considering going back to treatment. This is what personal growth is about. You will be able to build on the skills you learned, deepen your self-discovery, and become an even better version of yourself.

Relapse Is Normal

Succumbing to temptations happens. Of course, that does not mean that relapse is encouraged. Still, in all facets of recovery, it is important to understand that anything can happen at any time. It is important to be on point in your recovery. You need to be mindful of your responses to various environments for, some of your environments are out of your control.

No matter what caused a relapse, you have the power to take your recovery back into your own hands. You do not have to give the relapse permission to stay. Think of it this way: Relapse is not the end of the journey but the start of something new blooming.

Treatment at The Guest House

At The Guest House, we understand that you may be in a hard part of your life. You may be feeling embarrassed about the thought of going back to treatment. However, part of every treatment plan is a relapse prevention plan. Through this plan, you can explore specific triggers and how to respond differently to them. This can make a world of difference. At The Guest House, we will take our time to walk with you on this journey. We will make sure every aspect of sobriety is covered and will strive to meet you with unconditional positive regard every step of the way.

There is no judgment at The Guest House. We strive to understand your feelings and experiences. What’s more, we hope to work with you to break the stigma of going back to treatment as alumni.

Breaking the Stigma of Going Back to Treatment

For whatever reason, humans tend to think that once they go through treatment they are cured. Recovery is a life-long battle that will include continued self-growth and discovery. Relapse is never encouraged; however, if it happens, you can dig deep and learn about yourself. This can be a space for you to:

  • Identify new and old triggers
  • Create new boundaries to help you succeed
  • Eliminate stressful expectations
  • Explore codependent relationships
  • Connect with others who can provide hope

When you view a relapse as a bridge to self-exploration, this is not a disservice to yourself or your recovery community. Taking the brave step to reenter treatment does not make you less of a person. It makes you courageous. What’s more, it can lead to many new discoveries in your life.

Getting Individualized Care When Going Back to Treatment

At The Guest House, every person who crosses the threshold of our front doors is treated with compassion, dignity, respect, and unconditional positive regard. We will meet you right where you are in your treatment. From the moment we meet you to the moment you leave our facility, we honor you.

This means that your treatment is individualized. We will not push you to do anything you do not want to do. There is an array of activities and options to meet you where you are in your recovery.

Each day you are invited to join yoga and meditation to aid in soothing the soul and calming the mind. You have the option of adventure or equine therapy. You are more than welcome to participate in whatever speaks to you. We consider all parts of your treatment plan as a step toward meeting your recovery goals. You have the option to explore as much or as little as you want.

Thinking about going back to treatment can be daunting and disappointing. However, exploring your options is key to living your best life. Showing up for yourself is one of the best things you can do to get back on track. Sometimes you may need an extra push in the right direction or just some familiar faces to help you begin self-discovery anew. Going back to treatment is never an easy decision. Yet, the worse thing would be to not take care of the problem. At The Guest House, we take this opportunity to connect seriously. We have several programs and activities where we teach you how to get your happiness back. Give us a call today at (855) 483-7800.